St. Louis Church and School hosted the 40th anniversary of their Sunshine Luncheon serving parish senior citizens and residents of 19 local senior residential facilities May 17.
This luncheon is a combined and concerted effort by parishioners together with St. Louis school students and their parents.
Guests enjoyed home-cooked food served by students starting with appetizers and punch, followed by lunch featuring a chicken casserole and topped off with various homemade desserts with coffee or tea. Parishioner and pianist Marie Vasile helped create a welcoming atmosphere as guests were escorted to their tables. A combination of adults and fifth-grade students ensured that guests’ needs and desires were filled with full-service hospitality. The Glee Club of St. Louis School and kindergarten and pre-school classes alternately sang for guests, while Marie Vasile and the Acafellas Schola from the St. Louis Church choir also regaled the crowd with their music. Guests went home with luncheon favors of flowers and bookmarks commemorating the occasion.
Students learned how to serve and clear the meals and converse with guests. Parents and parishioners prepared appetizers, lunch and desserts, then distributed the meals to plates served by the students. The room was decorated with student artwork from floor to ceiling. Some parish Girl Scouts helped prepare the dinnerware and set up. Some Knights of Columbus members with other parishioners and school parents escorted guests in and out to their transports and helped with the clean-up session.
The luncheon gives parishioners a chance to reconnect with friends, make some new friends and get an opportunity out to enjoy some sunshine. About 50 seniors were served at the first luncheon in 1978. Whereas, 168 former active parishioners and friends enjoyed the Sunshine Luncheon.